Let's face it whenever we talk about the top 10 or top 25 westerns the list is dominated by John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. The classic John Ford-John Wayne westerns or the Sergio Leone man with no name Eastwood, or Clint's films post Leone like High plains drifted, Pale rider and of course Unforgiven. Those films are outstanding but there are other Westerns that are every bit as good and every bit worth our attention. To distinguish these films from the hundreds of westerns made from the beginning of talking pictures i'm going to use the group approach or series approach where a great director gets together with a great actor and some great stories and the result is classic. The 3 groups i want to distinguish. 1. Anthony Mann-Jimmy Stewart. Did 5 films in the early 50s. All but one are in color and all feature characters who are multidimensional and not easy to peg. You have characters who seem like decent guys early on who end up evil. Even the god guy characters played by Stewart have their moments and past histories. All 5 of these films are top 100 westerns. 2. Budd Boetticher-Randolph Scott. Did 6 films together from 1957-1962. Movie themes are about honor and justice and Scott proves incredible longevity and consistency as the ultra tough no nonsense cowboy. Scott is the actor most often compared to John Wayne because he did mostly westerns and war pictures and he did at least 2 westerns a year from 1948-1964. This series represents Scott's best films. 3. Sergio Corbucci. regarded as the #2 Italian western film maker behind Leone made at least 3 films that are classic westerns not just classic spaghetti westerns. His films are crazy and violent and his best film "The great silence" was banned in many countries because it doesn't end the way westerns are supposed to end. the bad guys win!